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OU visit gives kicker Braxton Pickard something to consider

Kicker Braxton Pickard talks about OU official visit and where he stands heading toward signing day.

It’s never easy going on an official visit when you don’t have an offer, but that was the case this weekend for Edmond (Okla.) Memorial kicker Braxton Pickard and his trip to Oklahoma. The wondering can weigh on your mind instead of relishing the moment but not for Pickard.

Pickard, ranked a three-star kicker by Scout, said he enjoyed his visit to Norman and will now have to consider all of his options heading into national signing day.

“I had a lot of fun,” Pickard said. “It was really good to be down there with all the coaches and get with all the recruits.”

Pickard was hosted by kicker Austin Seibert and said Seibert gave him a lot of good advice in terms of handling college life and how college is so different from high school.

Seibert is coming off a freshman all-American season so the issue still remains as to exactly where Pickard fits in. He was hopeful for an OU offer, but it didn’t come. Still, for someone whose dream school has always been OU since he was a little kid, it was a worthwhile trip.

“I had a lot of favorite parts (of the visit),” Pickard said. “Being with Seibert and seeing what he does. Being with Coach Boulware and learning more about his personality. Going to Coach Stoops’ house. The whole visit was a blast.”

Pickard was honest in saying if the offer had come around, he most likely would have committed right there on the spot. As of now, though, the offer would be a preferred walk-on spot. Pickard has offers from other schools so it’s not a slam dunk decision although OU put its best foot forward.

Pickard has known special teams coach Jay Boulware for the last couple of years, but this weekend allowed him to get to know the man and not the coach. Pickard said Boulware is a great guy, real vocal and focused on making everybody better.

With his family out of town, Pickard went on the visit by himself. He figured he’s going to college by himself, might as well start now in making those big decisions.

And of course being from Edmond, Pickard has a lot of friends who are at OU now as well so he said he has a lot of things to consider before ultimately making his choice.

Pickard made 10 field goals this season and averaged more than 39 yards per punt on 47 kicks last season.

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